Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today.

Priogue-  a long narrow canoe made from a single tree trunk, especially in Central America and the Carribean.

Tafia- a drink similar to rum, distilled from molasses or was the waste from the production
of brown sugar.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, which I am still reading called:   Prisoner of the Devil

pg. 65

Our visitor's voice, now strained and subdued, at length broke into my thoughts.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but plenty of catching up to do.
What goodies did you get?

Reading: Prisoner of the Devil  by Michael Hardwick

Spent an interesting week-end at the beautiful Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from a book I am currently reading. Prisoner of the Devil.


Archetype- a very typical example of a certain person or thing. An original that has been imitated.

Sous- is a subordinate.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book: Prisoner of the Devil   By Michael Hardwick with Simon Haught

pg 65

He sat motionless, his long legs thrust out before him, ankles crossed. One hand lay deep in a pocket of his trousers. The fingers of the other supported loosely the bowl of the pipe.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Newport by Jill Morrow Post

Newport     by    Jill Morrow                  Post

  Spring of 1921, attorney Adrian de la Noye has to return to Newport,
where he spent his misspent youth, in order to revise a will of a wealthy client. He encounters a woman by the name of Catherine, who he was acquainted with as a young man and is surprised to learn that she is going to be married to his wealthy client.
  This story contains a lot of deception,secrets, twists and turns which certainly kept me glued to each page. It was truly a book that makes reading enjoyable.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today:

1. Sedulous- showing dedication and diligence.
He watched himself with the most sedulous care.

2.Perseverant- able or willing to persevere; enduring.
She was very perseverant in her athletic challenge.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from I'm going to start soon called: Prisoner of the Devil by Michael Hardwick with Simon Haugh.

pg. 9
I had lost my poor wife Mary during the Christmas season of 1891-92, through that heart disease that was hereditary in her family.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books arrived last week, but what I have to read is keeping me busy.
What did you receive?

Reading: Newport by Jill Morrow





Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scott A. Lerner - The Fraternity of the Soul Eater - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

It’s been a while since Samuel Roberts was called upon to save mankind, and he’s getting restless. His girlfriend Susan thinks he’s a danger junkie, and he’s worried he has a hero complex. He’s back to his usual small-town lawyerly duties in Champaign-Urbana, handling divorces and helping people beat DUI raps. But then a young fraternity pledge calls. During an initiation ceremony he witnessed the live sacrifice of a young woman, but he had so much alcohol in his system that no one believes him. Except Sam. Lately Egyptian lore has been creeping into his life, his dreams, and his movie preferences, and he’s pretty sure he knows why. Evil is knocking on his door again.

Is the call welcome? Why can’t Sam be satisfied with his comfortable legal practice and gorgeous redheaded girlfriend? Maybe it’s because he knows that, as inadequate as he may feel to the task, he and his friend Bob may be humanity’s only hope against ancient supernatural forces combined with modern genetic engineering. Come hell or high water. Or in this case, the underworld or subterranean pyramids.

The Fraternity of the Soul Eater is the third book in the Samuel Roberts Thriller series, which began with Cocaine Zombies and continued with Ruler of Demons.


My Review

Women are being murdered in an underground pyramid near a college campus.

And Sam is a small time lawyer, hired to look into these bizarre ritualistic killings when a young fraternity pledge turns his fellow brothers in to the police, only to become the focus of the investigation himself. Sam loves danger and situations that take him there and he's totally intrigued by the concept of an evil Egyptian presence in his hometown, so he decides to help the kid.

But Sam's personal demons are quick to resurface. His depression, his reckless behavior, his foundering relationships—his life is turned upside down when he takes the case. And it makes you wonder, do the ends really justify the means?

A suspenseful thriller that grabs you right from the start, it takes you into an ancient world of long held secrets and grotesque murders. A true page turner.

***

The Fraternity of the Soul Eater can be purchased at:
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Barnes and Noble
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Formats/Prices: $4.99 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 218
Release: June 1, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812894
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About the Author

Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Lerner’s first novel and the first Samuel Roberts Thriller, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards. The second book in the series is Ruler of Demons. The Fraternity of the Soul Eater is book 3. Book 4, The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest, will be released on Halloween, 2015.

Links to connect with Scott:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book:  Newport  by  Jill Morrow

1. extrapolating- to estimate or conclude (something).
"Attempts to extrapolate likely human cancers from lab studies."

2. patchouli- is a pungent scented oil usually worn by those who live an alternative lifestyle.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My tease today comes from the book: Newport by  Jill Morrow

pg. 163

"Thank-you." She'd reached out to adjust his white bow tie, and he couldn't help but notice that Edith's pearls would be shown off to perfection.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Orphan #8 by Kim Alkemade Post

Orphan #8 by Kim Van Alkemade       Post

The year is 1919 and Rachel Rabinowitz is left an orphan along with her brother and taken to The Hebrew Infant Home and Orphanage in New York. Her life becomes incredibly changed there, but her will to come together again with the family she has left is strong.
As the years go by, her brother wants a life of his own and is separated from her and leaves.
She loses her hair through experimental x-rays and greater health issues befall her later on.
It's truly a remarkable story inspired by true events.

Michael J. McCann - Sorrow Lake - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police is called in to investigate when a man from the village of Sparrow Lake is found shot to death, execution style, in a farmer's field in rural eastern Ontario.

Leading an inexperienced team of detectives, she probes beneath the wintry surface of the township to discover the victim had a dark secret--one that may endanger others in the community as well.

For young and enthusiastic Detective Constable Kevin Walker, the chance to work with Ellie March is an honour, until the situation turns ugly and unexpected betrayal threatens to destroy his promising career.


My Review

The investigation into the murder at Sorrow Lake proves to be a lesson in crime-solving.

The story takes place in a sleepy, backwoods town in Canada and introduces us to inspector Ellie March, the lead investigator brought in specifically to handle this particular case. She has her job cut out for her when she has to work with a local team who's not as experienced as she is when it comes to murder investigations.

Her new partner, Kevin, is eager to learn from her, even if he can't keep his stomach contents at bay when viewing his very first autopsy.

The book is so well-researched when it comes to police procedure and protocol and I felt myself learning a lot, right along with Kevin.

It's a quality novel to kick off a brand new series, in the tradition of several popular TV shows from BROADCHURCH to FARGO—when a small town gets walloped with a big city punch. It just goes to show that violent crime exists everywhere, even in the quietest of regions.

***

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Sorrow Lake can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $19.99 paperback
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9781927884027
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: April 30, 2015
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About the Author

Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) with a major in English Literature from Trent University in Peterborough, and a Master of Arts in English from Queen's University in Kingston, ON.

He served as Production Editor of Criminal Reports (Third Series) at Carswell Legal Publications (Western), where he was also Co-ordinator of Law Reports, before joining Canada Customs, now the Canada Border Services Agency. While at CBSA he was a training specialist, project officer, and national program manager before leaving public service to write novels full time.

Mike now lives and writes in Oxford Station, Ontario. He is married to supernatural novelist Lynn L. Clark. They have one son.

Mike is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Horror Writers Association.

He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man. His most recent novel, Sorrow Lake, is the first book of his new March and Walker Crime Novel series set in eastern Ontario, Canada.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog (mystery)
Blog (paranormal)
Pinterest
YouTube
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. Bucolic- relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.

2. Vermilion- is a red pigment and color.
      It's deep vermilion hue flattered her dark coloring and hugged her body.

Words from the book: Newport  by Jill Morrow